Creamy, smooth white chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust. If you’re looking for your new favorite dessert – then these white chocolate cheesecake bars with raspberry sauce are just the thing!
Is White Chocolate Chocolate?
Some people will argue white chocolate is not actually chocolate.
It certainly doesn’t look like chocolate as we know it, and it doesn’t smell like chocolate.
During the chocolate making process, cocoa butter becomes a by-product of the cocoa bean.
To create white chocolate, the cocoa butter is combined with milk, sugar, and other flavoring ingredients, but none of the cocoa bean is included.
Some would consider white chocolate not chocolate because none of the cocoa solid is part of the end product.
However, if you were to smell cocoa beans and raw cocoa butter, it is the cocoa butter that would have the distinct chocolate smell.
The cocoa bean doesn’t smell sweet at all. And cocoa butter did come from the cocoa bean.
So, is white chocolate chocolate? You decide.
Oh hi! It’s Fiona stopping in from Just So Tasty and today I’m sharing these white chocolate cheesecake bars with raspberry sauce. Cheesecake just might be my favorite food. And these white chocolate cheesecake bars just might be my new favorite recipe.
They have the most delicious white chocolate flavor that’s not too sweet. Then the texture is creamy, smooth and everything that a cheesecake should be.
Why Does Cheesecake Sink in the Middle?
A perfectly baked cheesecake is silky on the inside and sports a flawlessly smooth finish on top.
Even if you have a small crack or two, you can easily cover it with ganache or a whipped topping, but when a cheesecake sinks in the center, it means something went wrong during the process.
Cheesecakes are airy and smooth, but they don’t need to be whipped to reach that point. Over-whipping your cheesecake batter can add excess air and as the cheesecake bakes that air inflates the cake and quickly deflates once it cools.
Cold cheesecake ingredients require longer mixing and longer mixing adds too much air to the batter — leaving you with a sunken center. Bring all of your ingredients to room temperature, including the eggs and cream cheese.
As with any custard, including cheesecake, it is all about the eggs.
Cheesecakes rely on eggs to lift them up as they bake and give you a rich, thick and creamy final product.
Use a medium speed when you add the eggs and add them one at a time — beating at a slow speed and frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Avoid beating too much air into your eggs,
Cheesecake was actually one of the first desserts I learned to make on my own. My Mom used to make the a decadent triple chocolate cheesecake. It had a layer of white chocolate cheesecake, a layer of chocolate cheesecake, and then was drizzled with chocolate ganache.
As teenagers, we’d always ask her to make it for our birthdays. So finally, I decided to make it myself. And since then I’ve always loved experimenting with new cheesecake recipes.
These white chocolate cheesecake bars are inspired by my Mom’s famous triple chocolate cheesecake. However it’s not quite as rich, and it’s way easier to make since there’s only 1 layer.
How to Make White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Today’s recipe is really straight forward and easy to make. First we make the Oreo crust by stirring together Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter. Then it’s pressed into the bottom of the pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. This helps to keep the base crunchy.
Then we make the white chocolate cheesecake filling. First beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Then the sour cream, melted white chocolate and a little cornstarch are mixed in. Finally, we beat in the eggs one at a time and then the cheesecake is ready to bake.
Can White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars be Left Out?
Sorry, we don’t recommend you serve white chocolate cheesecake bars that have been left out on the counter for a long period of time. Foods made with eggs and milk such as pumpkin pie, custard pie, and cheesecake, must first be safely baked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Then, they must be refrigerated after baking.
How to Make Raspberry Sauce
I like to top these white chocolate cheesecake bars with raspberry sauce. Not only does it taste delicious with the creamy cheesecake, but it also gives a pretty pop of color that’s perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s day.
In a medium sauce pan we first boil together raspberries (fresh or frozen), water and sugar. Then mix a little cornstarch with cold water, then stir into the the raspberry mixture. The whole thing bubbles and boils until it thickens, and then we’re ready to go.
You can make the raspberry sauce a day or two before serving, or make it right before you cut the cheesecake into slices.
These white chocolate cheesecake bars are creamy, smooth and absolutely delicious. So if you’re looking for a new cheesecake recipe – I definitely recommend trying this one!
Valentine’s Day RECIPES
Looking for more Valentine’s recipes to share with the ones you love?
- 5 Minute Valentine’s Snack Mix
- Nutella Stuffed Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes
- Strawberry Pink Ombre Cake
- No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce
- Red Velvet Churros
- Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookie
- No Bake Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pie
- Chocolate Rose Red Velvet Cupcake
- Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes
White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Raspberry Sauce
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White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Raspberry Sauce
- 2 1/4 cup Oreo Cookie Crumbs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
White Chocolate Cheesecake Layer
- 24 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz white chocolate melted & cooled
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 12 oz raspberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
Make the Cheesecake
- Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
- Line a 9x13 inch pan with aluminium foil and grease lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl stir together the melted butter and Oreo crumbs.
- Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat together the cream cheese and sugar until very soft. Then mix in the sour cream, melted white chocolate and cornstarch. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Turn the mixer down to low and beat in the eggs 1 at a time until just combined. Be careful not to mix the batter too much.
- Pour into the pan on top of the crust and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is set except for in the very middle, and the cheesecake still has a little wobble to it.
- Turn off the oven, open the oven door and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove from the oven and continue cooling until it reaches room temperature.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat stir together the raspberries, 1/2 cup water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
- Heat the mixture until it boils as you stir gently.
- In a cup, combine the 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch until dissolved.
- Gently pour the cornstarch into the sauce pan.
- Allow to boil gently over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes as you stir.
- When the mixture has thickened, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Serve the Cheesecake
- Remove the chilled cheesecake from the fridge.
- Cut into slices using a thin, sharp knife and top each slice with raspberry sauce.